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Fiery semitrailer crash shuts down I-65 in southern Indiana

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Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 08:27

A crash involving three semi-trucks on I-65 in Seymour on Wednesday sent flames rolling into the sky.

It's not clear what kind of hazardous chemicals leaked from the truck. At that time, authorities became concerned about the risk of an explosion and ordered all homes within a half mile of the crash site to be evacuated.

All lanes of I-65 are closed.

The crash happened on southbound portion of the interstate.

Although cleanup crews were on scene earlier, the danger level escalated to the point that police are now letting the fire burn itself out.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The collision caused a hazardous chemical to spill on the road.

One person was injured in the accident, but it doesn't appear to be serious, a report from WHAS-11 said.

At around 10:30 a.m. the left lane reopened. ISP says that the detour is sending traffic to US 31 south to State Road 250 and back on I-65 at mile marker 41.

Drivers are advised to take a different route.

The spill is not believed to be a threat to area residents or other passing drivers. Work is expected to last through the late afternoon hours.